Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

 

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If you haven’t had a chance to make it to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party there is still time!  You will enjoy unlimited cookies, cocoa and characters during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

If this is your first time attending MVMCP here are a few tips to make your time more magical.

  • You can enter the park as early as 4pm with you MVMCP ticket. It is a hard ticketed event, which means it is separate from your daily pass to Magic Kingdom
  • Join Queen Elsa and Frozen friends for “A Frozen Holiday Wish.” Elsa lights up the Castle at 8:15pm.
  • Mickey’s Once upon a Christmastime Parade is something you definitely want to get a good seat for. The parade has classic characters and Christmas favorites. The parade takes place at 8:30pm and 11pm. Go to the second parade because it will be less crowded.
  • Holiday Wishes Fireworks takes place at 10pm. This firework show is a panoramic spectacular.
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! is on the stage between Space Mountain and the Carousel of Progress. You will see characters from Monster’s Inc. and Buzz Lightyear. Show times are 7:45pm, 8:35pm, 9:25pm, 10:25pm and 11:35pm.
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a magical show with all your favorite Disney characters. Show times are 7:40pm, 9:25pm, 10:30pm, and 11:55pm.
  • VoicePlay is an a cappella singing group. They perform in Tomorrowland at 8:10pm, 9:00pm, 10:20pm and 11:10pm.
  • Club Tinsel takes place in Cosmic Ray’s in Tomorrowland

Character Meet and Greets:

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps

Captain Jack Sparrow

Peter Pan and Wendy

Aladdin with Abu, Jasmine with Genie

Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws

Donald, Scrooge McDuck, Daisy and Minnie

Santa Goofy

Tiana and Naveen

Big Al, Liverlips, Shaker and Wendell

Seven Dwarfs

Princess with their Princes

Tigger and Friends

Santa Claus

Mary Poppins, Bert and Penguin

Mickey Mouse

Tinker Bell

Merida

Gaston

Ariel

Treat locations

Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Soft Pretzel and Sno-Cone

Liberty Square Ticket Office:  Eggnog and Ginger Molasses Cookie

The Friar’s Nook: Silky Smooth DOVE Chocolate and Sparkling Cider

Pete’s Silly Sideshow: Peppermint Crunch Cookie and Nestle Nesquick

Pinocchio Village Haus: A variety of holiday favorites

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe: Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Chocolate

Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies: Santa Claus Cookie and Sno-Cone

Attractions 

You will be able to ride the Jingle Cruise, Pirates, Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion with no wait time. You can enjoy all the treat locations multiple times.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful and magical event at Magic Kingdom. You can get your tickets for select night now through December 22, 2017.

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Tips for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Halloween is starting early this year at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) begins August 25 and runs through select nights until November 1, 2017. Halloween at the Magic Kingdom is my favorite time of the year, and I have all the tips you need to have a blast at the party.

Before you go:

  • Please remember MNSSHP is a separate ticket from your regular admission. Please purchase early because they will sell out!
  • Read over all the rules and regulations regarding costumes and appropriate attire for the party. I highly recommend dressing up, but remember costumes must stay family friendly.

Before the party begins:

  • You can enter Magic Kingdom beginning at 4pm. Link your tickets to your My Disney Experience App.
  • If you decided to arrive at MK early go ahead and eat, enjoy a few rides and shop for merchandise. If it is your first time going to MNSSHP party then it is important to arrive early and have a plan in place for your family.

Party Time:

  • I highly suggest if you are a fan of Jack Skellington or The Seven Dwarfs you will want to be in line by 5:00PM because the line will never stop for the rest of the party. These characters are extremely popular, and you don’t want to miss out on the rest of the party.
  • Look for the huge orange Mickey balloons, which will lead you to candy. Yes, adults get candy too!
  • Meet a few specialty characters and ride a few rides. There are typically no waits for rides during special events! Make sure you ride the Haunted Mansion during the party!
  • Try special treats throughout the park! Disney Parks Blog released all of the new treats for the party this year. Typically there are not many choices, but they are going all out this year.
  • Afterwards go ahead a secure a place in front of the castle for Happy HalloWishes, Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular and Boo-To-You Parade.
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(I would suggest finding a spot close to the castle around 9:30pm. Watch Happy HalloWishes at 10:15pm, then Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular at 10:45pm and end with the Boo-Too-You Parade at 11:15pm. You will not have to worry about moving all over the park)

Time changes for this year’s party:

  • Boo –To-You Parade times 9:15pm and 11:15pm. I highly suggest attending the second parade because it will be less crowded!
  • Happy HalloWishes at 10:15pm
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular will have only three showings this year 8:15pm, 10:45pm and midnight.

Extra PhotoPass fun:

There will be magic shot locations added to the party this year

  • Entrance to Magic Kingdom
  • Town Square
  • Liberty Square
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Main Street U.S.A.

My biggest tip of all is to have fun, and enjoy being able to be a kid again in the most magical place on earth!

Don’t Let FastPass+ Stress You Out!

 

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When I help clients with their Walt Disney World Vacation planning, I’m frequency asked how to choose FastPass+ attractions.  Choosing FastPass+ attractions can be stressful if it is your first visit or you are unsure about line times. I would like to share a few best practices when it comes to selecting FastPass+ for you and your family.

I narrow FastPass+ attractions down to three categories:

  • Big Thrills- These attractions are typically the most popular in the Parks. They usually consistent of sudden drops, fast pace movement and lots of screams.
  • Family Thrills – Family friendly rides that may have small thrills.
  • Tiny Thrills – These attractions are for the little ones in your family.

 

Magic Kingdom

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. Remember you can only select three, and once they are used you can select another three.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Big Thrill)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Jungle Cruise (Family Thrill)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Space Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Family Thrill) * Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*
  • Splash Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • There are several character meet and greets such as Ariel, Cinderella, Mickey, Rapunzel, Tiana and Tinkerbell (Family or Tiny thrills)

 

Epcot

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. At Epcot you can only choose from one selection first, and then you are allowed to select two more in the next section.

Section 1                 

  • Frozen Ever After (Family or Tiny Thrill) *Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*
  • Soarin’ (Family Thrill)
  • Test Track (Big Thrill)

Section 2

  • Mission: SPACE (Big Thrill)
  • Spaceship Earth (Family Thrill)
  • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot (Family or Tiny Thrills)

 

 Hollywood Studios

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. At Hollywood Studios you can only choose from one selection first, and then you are allowed to select two more in the next section.

Section 1

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Big Thrill)
  • Toy Story Mania! (Family Thrill) *Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*

Section 2

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Big Thrill)
  • Star Tours (Big or Family Thrill)

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. Remember you can only select three, and once they are used you can select another three.

  • Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • Kali River Rapids (Big Thrill)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Avatar Flight on Passage (Big Thrill) *Extremely popular and new. FP+ will sell out*
  • Na’vi River Journey (Family Thrill) *Extremely popular and new. FP+ will sell out*

 

These best practices will make your stay more magical. Typically from my experience the attractions that I did not list usually have a wait time of 30 minutes or less, but please remember Walt Disney World attracts more than 53,000 visitors daily!  There will be lines, but the themed queues will make your wait go by quickly.

If you are interested in having help planning your Walt Disney World Vacation, please visit my Services page for more details.

Disney Weddings: What Would You Choose?

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If you could get married in a Disney location where would you pick? If you are planning a Disney wedding where will it be? If you were married in a Disney location, tell us all about it!

I recently watched Freeform’s special on Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.  As a former Disney bride, I feel the need to express my opinion on the special.

I loved the couples, the magic and the locations they picked. I have been to all of the locations on the show, so it was easy to relate. If you are considering a Disney wedding, please remember there are different locations than what was featured on the show. I felt this was the biggest downfall of the show because this was Disney’s opportunity to showcase other locations within Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Personally, I would’ve loved to see an Aulani wedding.

The special was only 90 minutes, but Disney could’ve capitalized on the market and made it a weekly series. I would watch it because I love weddings. I love to see the creativity couples put into their special day. There’s so much that goes into planning a Disney wedding. There are different packages you can choose from, locations, cake, transportation, music, flowers and more.

My husband and I were married at Sea Breeze Point at Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk Resort. We chose the Escape package because it was less planning and less stressful. Disney will go the extra mile to make your special day magical. If you are planning to have a Disney wedding, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Also check out Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings for more information.

A Beginner’s Guide to runDisney

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This past weekend, I participated in my first runDisney race.  I was part of the Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side weekend at the Walt Disney World resort. Since I was a beginner, I decided to only run the 5K race. I signed up for the race in December, and immediately started training.  I didn’t want to get picked up by the Imperial Army!

The day before the race, my husband and I picked up our race bibs, shirts and other goodies at the Expo located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

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Everything was going perfect until I made a few beginners’ mistakes. Here are a few tips so you will be prepared for your first runDisney race!

  • Magic Kingdom will keep you up past your bedtime, especially when wake up time is 3:45am. It is required to be on the runDisney bus by 4:30am to reach your corral on time. They will leave without you.
  • Depending on which corral you are in, you may not start for a while. Take the time to hydrate or snack. We were in the last corral, and did not start until 6:45am.
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  • If you are concerned about your time, don’t stop for pictures. They will not restart your time for you, and the picture lines are long.
  • Please be respectful to others. If you are running please stay to the left, and if you are walking please stay to the right.
  • Smile when you pass Disney photographers!
  • It feels amazing when you cross the finish line and receive a medal!
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  • Refuel with water, a banana and the amazing snack box afterwards.
  • Wear your medal in the park to receive congrats from all the cast members!
  • Take a nap!
  • Have fun in the parks!

The most important thing to remember is to have fun. It is very inspiring to hear stories from people who have had injuries or setbacks, and now they are running again. You don’t know other people’s stories. Don’t ever make fun of someone who is trying to push themselves. There are people in this world who wish they could run again.

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